september 13, 2014 … a last resting place

Lunch is often an excuse for being somewhere.

Masonry

Old time craftsmanship in iron and marble.

Yesterday, I had lunch with an old friend in Pauatahanui village. He is a fellow photographer, though our styles are radically different. After the food was eaten we wandered up into the old cemetery adjacent to the Church. As cemeteries go, it 1s one of the more interesting, and probably one of the older ones in the region. Monuments and wrought iron are everywhere.

rust

Rustic and rusty in one image

Red rust is part of the character of this cemetery, though it seems there is some kind of subsidence occurring as many of the grave surrounds are tilted at odd angles.

Mother and father

Mother and father were duly honoured and lie together though he lived another 24 years after his wife died.

It is a marvel of the time that the engraving on the monument is laid out and carved with hand tools. No lasers of comprehensive font catalogues to make life easier for the stone masons of the era. The phrasing on the stones is sometimes stilted and quaint to our eyes, and often embellished by some pious sentiment.

Sheep

Pastoral scene

At the gate to the cemetery is the paddock which I suspect belongs to the local school. It is presently full of sheep and their lambs, which make a pleasant change of pace from the graveyard.

Something different tomorrow.

Advertisements

About wysiwygpurple

Retirement suits me well. I spend much of my time out making pictures, or at home organizing and refining my pictures. This blog provides me with a platform from which I can indulge my passion for improving my photography and at the same time analyze my thoughts about what I have seen, where I have been and what is happening in my life. My images set out to be honest, but that does not mean I have not adjusted them. I use software to display what I saw though the viewfinder to best advantage. My preference is for landscape and nature, and is mostly centred around my hometown of Wellington, New Zealand.
This entry was posted in Animals, Pauatahanui. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s